If the release of an iPad app that gives users access to Big Data analytics and Cognos was interesting in the mobile space, the announcement that IBM is making Info Sphere BigInsights on SmartCloud should have the effect of shaking up the big data market a little bit.

IBM, Microsoft, Oracle

Apart from the fact that it makes it much more accessible, it also puts pressure on the other competitors in the Big Data space, notably Oracle and Microsoft.

In fact both companies are probably less than happy with IBM for this release as it comes only weeks after Oracle announced (at Open World) that it was releasing its Apache Hadoop offering, and that in January the Oracle Big Data Appliance running on it will be released.

Microsoft also announced recently that it would be releasing an Apache Hadoop-based software in 2012 and that it should have a beta Hadoop service on Azure by the end of this year.

Then IBM -- almost casually -- without any indication that ity was working in that direction says that it has made its version of Hadoop available on the cloud, beating both of them to it.

And if anyone is unclear about what Hadoop does, it offers enterprises the ability to manage non-relational data in a flexible and scalable environment, giving them tighter control over large information sources.

At the time of the InfoSphere BigInsights release, social media and network data were specifically mentioned as targets.

Info Sphere BigInsights

InfoSphere BigInsights consists of a number of easily deployed analytics products in data center and cloud configurations. Solutions include:

  • BigInsights Core, consisting of a package of Hadoop software and services, that enables enterprises build and deploy customized analytics for large data volumes.
  • BigSheets, a beta version software that extracts, annotates and visualizes data from large-volume data sources.
  • Analytics solutions for the finance, risk management, media and entertainment sectors.
  • Analytic models for banks and insurance companies to meet regulatory compliance requirements.

IBM has developed these new products in conjunction with Cloudera and Karmasphere, who specialize in Big Data, and says that in the future it hopes to be able to expand and develop Hadoop along with others working in the Big Data open source community.

It is not clear whether all the elements of this will be available, but there are basic and enterprise editions, and we are told that users will be able to move data into Hadoop clusters in less than 30 minutes. More on this as it happens.